It has taken me nearly 30 years to drive the BMW 8-series. I never got to sample the first-generation car when it was introduced in 1990. It was a low-volume car and hence BMW did not think it needed additional exposure.
The first car resembled a shark - and a well-fed one - and was set to become an icon from the moment it arrived. Powered initially by a normally aspirated V12 - then the purview of a select few - it had an exotic appeal.